Thankfully, that period also gave rise to its Ryan Reynolds-starring 2016 spinoff “Deadpool” (and a sequel in 2018) with an R-rated, dark, violent, dirty joke-filled, laugh-a-minute experience at the theaters that practically put the X back in X-Men.
When the time came to give a glimpse of what “Deadpool” was all about before its theatrical release, it wasn’t Reynolds’s anti-hero setting the tone, it was another X-Man.
“X Gon’ Give It to Ya,” the forever-banger released in 2003 from the legendary New York-born rapper Earl Simmons, a.k.a. DMX, who died last week at the age of 50, was the song chosen to introduce the classically comical Marvel Comics character to the superhero movie-loving world.
Never have a song and a superhero been so symbiotic.
When DMX first arrived on the musical scene, his deep, gravelly, growling flow cast a shadow of darkness and authenticity over the flamboyant, shiny suit rap of the late ’90s. He represented significant change for the art form. “X Gon Give it To Ya” did the same for “Deadpool,” letting everyone know they had yet to see an X-Men movie like this before.
The song was more than a decade old by the time it was used in the “Deadpool” trailer (it was also a part of the soundtrack to “Cradle 2 the Grave,” a film DMX starred in), but for what it needed to accomplish, it had been aged to perfection.
In the simplest of terms, you couldn’t go wrong with the lyrics. “X Gon’ Give It to Ya” was the perfect play on “Deadpool” being a bloody X-Men movie that was nothing like its predecessors. Hearing the chorus over and over while watching Reynolds slice and dice his way through bad guys even badder than he is was a chef’s kiss moment. You knew it worked the moment you heard the beats and DMX’s voice merge with the clang of Deadpool’s katana blades.
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It’s just like Kanye West once said in his hit song “Power,” I guess every superhero needs his theme music.
DMX’s “X Gon’ Give It to Ya” was Deadpool’s superhero theme music to the max. And the teams behind the films knew it. Not only is the song the key part of that first trailer, it also appears in both “Deadpool” films, first as slow-mo walk up music for Deadpool and his motley crew of Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Colossus, and again in “Deadpool 2,” blasting from Deadpool’s Walkman while he’s sitting on a rooftop before an assassination assignment.
This likely-to-be-imitated but not-to-be-duplicated superhero/rap combo is just one of the many ways DMX immortalized himself.
The X-Men never sounded better.
Ryan Reynolds Reportedly Still Mad At Disney Over Deadpool 3…
We know that Ryan Reynolds and John Krasinski will be co-starring in the latter’s next directorial effort Imaginary Friends, which Paramount have now dated for November 2023. And while Reynolds signing on to new projects has become an increasingly regular occurrence over the last eighteen months or so, this also indicates that we won’t be getting Deadpool 3 until the summer of 2024.
Kevin Feige confirmed that the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first R-rated installment won’t be filming this year, and AppleTV+ festive musical comedy Spirited recently recruited Octavia Spencer to co-star alongside Reynolds and Will Ferrell, so it looks as though that one could be up next before he moves onto Imaginary Friends, which might feasibly push Deadpool 3‘s shooting schedule back to late 2022 or early 2023.
That could actually be good news, though, if insider Daniel Richtman’s latest report is on the money, as the tipster claims that Reynolds is still trying to negotiate a tone for the Merc with a Mouth’s next outing with Disney and isn’t happy about their attempts to censor the film. After all, Deadpool is a staunchly R-rated character being parachuted into a PG-13 franchise owned by a family-friendly corporate monolith, so simply replicating the formula from the Fox duology might not be quite as straightforward as it seems on paper.
“[He’s] still trying to convince Disney to be more open about DP3, and still mad at them for censoring and wanting to tone it down,” says Richtman.
The script is currently being written by the Molyneux sisters with heavy involvement from the leading man, which will then presumably have to be signed off by Feige and Disney CEO Bob Chapek before it gets the green light for production. Of course, very few superhero blockbusters in recent memory have generated as much speculation as Deadpool 3 and yet we still know absolutely nothing about it for sure, so there’s no real way of telling how things are coming together and/or heating up behind the scenes as development continues.
Marvel Mission Recap: Deadpool’s Mask
Congrats agents — you’ve just completed another Marvel Mission!
Tasked to bring Deadpool’s mask to life using only safe, household products the results we saw were outstanding and would make any mercenary… hungry? We know Wade Wilson always has the munchies!
Using all different kinds of fabric, some paper mâché, glue, paint, some makeup and a lot of creativity, the results we saw were outstanding and would make any merc with a mouth jealous!
While it was tough to narrow down all the submissions we received, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites that we saw across social media. Take a look at the post below, and start brainstorming what you could use for the next Weekly Marvel Mission!
The possibilities are endless as to what you can create, so go ahead and assemble whatever craft supplies you might need — and be sure to share them on social with the hashtag, #MarvelMission.
Stay tuned for the next Marvel Mission!
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